China - Prevalence of stunting, height for age, female (% of children under 5)

Prevalence of stunting, height for age, female (% of children under 5) in China was 8.90 as of 2010. Its highest value over the past 20 years was 37.10 in 1992, while its lowest value was 8.90 in 2010.

Definition: Prevalence of stunting, female, is the percentage of girls under age 5 whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.

Source: World Health Organization, Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition. Country-level data are unadjusted data from national surveys, and thus may not be comparable across countries.

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Year Value
1990 33.30
1992 37.10
1995 30.30
1998 19.30
2000 17.10
2002 20.80
2005 10.70
2009 11.80
2010 8.90

Aggregation method: Linear mixed-effect model estimates

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Undernourished children have lower resistance to infection and are more likely to die from common childhood ailments such as diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. Frequent illness saps the nutritional status of those who survive, locking them int


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition